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Falafel

lalalacroixlalalacroix Posts: 772Member Member Posts: 772Member Member
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I recently discovered this delicious food. I'd love to hear how you like to eat this. And if you make from scratch do you prefer fava bean or chickpea falafel?

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  • corinasue1143corinasue1143 Posts: 1,984Member Member Posts: 1,984Member Member
    Never made it myself, so eat it when it’s served, how it’s served, but also interested. If it’s easy to make, I might try to learn.
  • aokoyeaokoye Posts: 2,817Member Member Posts: 2,817Member Member
    I rarely make or eat falafel but when I do, I like to eat it with pita or rice along with tabouli, onions, maybe hummus if it's really good (I'm picky about hummus), and pickled vegetables. I also prefer to make them with chickpeas.
  • BarbaraHelen2013BarbaraHelen2013 Posts: 492Member Member Posts: 492Member Member
    I’ve always made chickpea falafel and generally I’d serve with a huge salad because the felafel themselves are pretty calorific I find I don’t need much else. Maybe a little homemade harissa on the side for dipping. Or a yoghurt chilli dip.

    I’ve made similar sorts of bean based things..edamame, black beans, cannelinni, pinto but I never think of them as falafel! Just bean things! But I guess there’s not a lot of difference other than various herb/spicing.


    edited August 20
  • just_Tomekjust_Tomek Posts: 6,830Member Member Posts: 6,830Member Member
    Falafel is made from chickpeas. And they have to be dry, not canned or they will fall apart.

    Get a nice pita bread and cut in half and open them up.
    Spread hummus deep into each half
    Top with pickled veggies.
    Top with falafel cakes.
    Drizzle with tahini.

    Ohhhhhhhhhhh crap, my dinner tonight :)
    edited August 20
  • LKArghLKArgh Posts: 5,085Member Member Posts: 5,085Member Member
    If it is not from chickpeas, I do not think you can technically call it a falafel ?
    Anyway, my favourite is with pita bread and yoghurt with herbs. I like my falafel really spicy, so yoghurt is kind of necessary to compliment the spices. Or some fresh tomatoes.
  • GrizzledSquirrelGrizzledSquirrel Posts: 72Member Member Posts: 72Member Member
    I made falafel. I used a lovely, authentic recipe that said on NO ACCOUNT use chickpeas from a can. Cook the dried sort and use them.

    I thought “whatever - I haven’t time for that and I know what I’m doing”.

    They came out like sloppy cowpats. Didn’t make that mistake again. Should’ve listened to the expert.
  • lalalacroixlalalacroix Posts: 772Member Member Posts: 772Member Member
    Fwiw, I read that some countries make falafel from fava beans.

    I would use chickpeas because I'm more familiar with them.

    Love the idea of adding picked veg - sounds like a nice compliment.
  • yayamom3yayamom3 Posts: 867Member Member Posts: 867Member Member
    I use the falafel mix from Trader Joe's and bake them in the oven instead of frying them. Then I dip them in the TJ's spinach/kale Greek yogurt dip. Easy, tasty and great calorie count. They freeze well, too.
  • acpgeeacpgee Posts: 3,874Member Member Posts: 3,874Member Member
    I seem to remember reading in my old Claudia Roden cookbook butat it is chickpeas in Israel but fava beans in Egypt. My only attempt at making them was a disaster. I think I made the batter too liquid and they dissolved in the deep fat fryer. Haven't attempted them again. Would be curious to try baking or air frying.
  • AliNouveauAliNouveau Posts: 32,308Member Member Posts: 32,308Member Member
    Chickpeas here and I've made them a few times.
    They're pretty simple if you have a good food processor and so delicious when super fresh. Maybe I'll make them tomorrow
  • 777Gemma888777Gemma888 Posts: 8,410Member Member Posts: 8,410Member Member
    just_Tomek wrote: »
    Falafel is made from chickpeas. And they have to be dry, not canned or they will fall apart.

    Get a nice pita bread and cut in half and open them up.
    Spread hummus deep into each half
    Top with pickled veggies.
    Top with falafel cakes.
    Drizzle with tahini.

    Ohhhhhhhhhhh crap, my dinner tonight :)

    This☝. Soak the dry garbanzo then grind them RAW. I like tabouleh & harissa laban in mine too.
  • 777Gemma888777Gemma888 Posts: 8,410Member Member Posts: 8,410Member Member
    acpgee wrote: »
    I seem to remember reading in my old Claudia Roden cookbook butat it is chickpeas in Israel but fava beans in Egypt. My only attempt at making them was a disaster. I think I made the batter too liquid and they dissolved in the deep fat fryer. Haven't attempted them again. Would be curious to try baking or air frying.

    I'd watched an Aussie food documentary magazine showing the fava bean variety in Egypt.
  • aokoyeaokoye Posts: 2,817Member Member Posts: 2,817Member Member
  • lalalacroixlalalacroix Posts: 772Member Member Posts: 772Member Member
    Thanks for all the replies.🙂

    I've made them from a box, then baked in the oven. So delicious. I'm gonna try to make them with soaked garbanzo beans. I also wonder how they would work with black beans. I could do a Cuban style falafel.
  • BarbaraHelen2013BarbaraHelen2013 Posts: 492Member Member Posts: 492Member Member
    Thanks for all the replies.🙂

    I've made them from a box, then baked in the oven. So delicious. I'm gonna try to make them with soaked garbanzo beans. I also wonder how they would work with black beans. I could do a Cuban style falafel.

    You can absolutely make a similar thing to a falafel from black beans (or any bean, pretty much, I made bean balls from dried aduki last week - new favourite!) but it won’t be a falafel if it isn’t chickpea! Still good though!
  • Beka3695Beka3695 Posts: 1,565Member Member Posts: 1,565Member Member
    Thanks for all the replies.🙂

    I've made them from a box, then baked in the oven. So delicious. I'm gonna try to make them with soaked garbanzo beans. I also wonder how they would work with black beans. I could do a Cuban style falafel.

    Cuban falafel sounds AMAZING. I LOVE garlic black bean hummus - this would pair nicely!
  • lalalacroixlalalacroix Posts: 772Member Member Posts: 772Member Member
    I added rosemary and thyme to my falafel mix, made large balls and added them to my pasta sauce. They were so good!
  • whmscllwhmscll Posts: 2,124Member Member Posts: 2,124Member Member
    I make them from the Trader Joe’s mix and bake them also. I found a thin pita bread that is only 60 cals per entire pita, so I put the falafel in puta with some shredded lettuce and to ato and top with tzaziki sauce. Salad to accompany this.
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